Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA – Mike Vilardo was right in the middle of Penn’s offensive explosion this past week. In five games, the Quakers put 45 runs on the board, with the freshman contributing directly with six runs batted in and an additional eight runs scored. In a mid-week contest with Villanova and a four-game series against Lafayette, he batted 11-for-21 (.524) with five doubles and a home run. For that, Vilardo is the Big 5 Player of the Week, as well as the Ivy League Player of the Week and co-Rookie of the Week.
As part of an ongoing five-game hitting streak, Vilardo started his week off by going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored in a 12-5 romp over Villanova. He was back at it on the weekend, opening the first game of the series with Lafayette by going 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and two stolen bases in yet another 12-5 win. He added four hits – each of them a double – in the next three contests with the Leopards.
One of four players to start every game for Penn this year, Vilardo has shown his versatility in every phase of the game. His .345 batting average for the year is third on the team, as are his six stolen bases. With 19 runs batted in, he leads both the team and the entire Ivy League, and he’s second on the team behind only Ryan Deitrich with a slugging pct. of .571. In the field, he’s instigated six double plays and been the relay throw onto first base in another nine.
Tuesday’s honor marks the second Rookie of the Week award for Vilardo in the first month of the season. He was also recognized by the league office after leading Penn with six runs batted in against William & Mary to open the 2013 campaign. Both Player of the Week honors are career-firsts. Vilardo and the Quakers open play in the Liberty Bell Classic on Wednesday afternoon, traveling back to Lafayette for one final game against the Leopards. First pitch from Kamine Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.